Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will make his first virtual visit since the start of last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns to participate in events in London commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first session of the United Nations General Assembly, which was held in the British capital.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Thursday that Guterres will speak at the main event Sunday titled “We the Peoples” — the first words of the United Nations Charter — where he is expected to highlight U. N. achievements and call for “a renewed global partnership to address the many challenges we face.”
Among those challenges are ending the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing its devastating impact on the global economy as well as tackling climate change.
Guterres had hoped to attend the commemoration in London’s Central Hall across from the Houses of Parliament where the 51 countries that were the founding members of the General Assembly met for the first time on Jan. 10, 1946.
Woodward said climate change will also be “a huge theme” of Guterres’ visit because the United Kingdom is chairing the United Nations global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, formally known as the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.